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Will There Be a Trump Presidential Library? Don’t Count On It.

If you understand how presidential libraries are created, it’s hard to see how Trump ever gets it done.

By Anthony Clark

Joe Biden

History Dept.

How Biden Can Fix Trump’s 1776 Disaster

Americans could use a commission that studies our founding—as long as it’s thorough, historian-led and nonpartisan.

By Craig Bruce Smith

Mitch McConnell and Joe Biden

the friday cover

Enemies, a Love Story: Inside the 36-year Biden and McConnell Relationship

The two 78-year-old deal-makers have been parties to the collapse of Capitol culture. Now they’ll need to make Washington work again.

By Alex Thompson

President Donald Trump signs a plaque on a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas.

OPINION | In the Arena

Trump Showed How Easily Presidents Can Abuse Emergency Powers. Here’s How Congress Can Rein Them In.

By Elizabeth Goitein

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Q&A

How Trumpism Is Becoming America’s New “Lost Cause”

Lately, Americans seem obsessed with Civil War references—and there’s a good reason why, says David Blight.

By Zack Stanton

The television is on as Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington.

OPINION | fourth estate

How About a Little Sobriety, Please?

At a time when large portions of the country think mainstream media is a tool of the left, perhaps it’s time to tone down the Biden adulation.

By Jack Shafer

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Altitude

Biden Turns the Page On Trump in a Surprisingly Effective Inaugural Address

He preaches respect to a country that’s become addicted to contempt.

By John F. Harris

Joe Biden

OPINION

No, There Won’t Be Unity

On substance, Biden is not going to pursue a consensus, bipartisan agenda, but a progressive one.

By Rich Lowry

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the big idea

Biden Wants to Unite the Country. How Can He Do It?

Two dozen thinkers offer bold ideas for a new administration in a fractious era.

By POLITICO Magazine

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‘Like a Ghost’ in the White House: The Last Days of the Trump Presidency

In the aftermath of the Capitol riot, Trump’s White House became an insular refuge for a self-absorbed leader detached from the people who had rejected him.

By Anita Kumar, Gabby Orr and Meridith McGraw

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Trumpology

‘He Was the Ringmaster in the Demise of His Own Circus’

On the eve of Donald Trump’s exit from power, four biographers who studied him up close reflect on what he wrought on the country. And what he’ll do next.

By Michael Kruse

Josh Hawley with his fist raised, as photographed on January 6 outside the U.S. Capitol, with a view of the Stanford University campus in the background

the politico mag profile

The Education of Josh Hawley

The subversive senator’s college peers and professors don’t recognize the affable intellectual they once knew. But they do recognize his ambition.

By Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna and Emily Cadei

SERIES

Joe Biden’s first 100 days

We’re tracking the administration’s efforts to reshape policy and politics. Follow along as we chronicle Biden’s use of legislation and regulation to enact his agenda.

Austin confirmed as first Black defense secretary

Austin's nomination was approved despite concerns among Democrats and Republicans about appointing another recently retired general.

McCarthy voices 'concerns' with Cheney after impeachment vote

In an interview set to air Sunday, McCarthy suggested he was blindsided by the GOP conference chairwoman’s decision.

Senate Republicans uniting behind impeachment defense

GOP members are backing a bid to dismiss Trump’s trial by claiming it’s unconstitutional.

Amazon’s offering to help Biden’s vaccine push. There may be a reason why.

Amazon’s bid comes as Biden officials say they're trying to repair the vaccine distribution system they inherited.

Trump’s ‘crony pardons’ flabbergast the political world

“He apparently didn’t consider, or didn’t care, how this might impact the Senate Republicans who will now be asked to ignore his actions and save ‘his reputation’ in the impeachment trial,” said one top Republican.

U.S. condemns Russia's arrests of Navalny protesters

More than 3,000 demonstrators were detained at the nationwide protests. The Kremlin critic’s wife was among them.

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